The PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit’s OnRamp is a distinct ticket type that includes admission to a separate track of content designed for entry-level technology professionals. Less a conference and more of a guided, hands-on class, OnRamp is taught by some of the industry’s leading PowerShell instructors and subject matter experts. OnRamp is also an introduction to the PowerShell community and ecosystem. By blending an instructor-led classroom experience with time in Summit’s general sessions, keynotes, and social events, OnRamp attendees can supercharge their entry into the broader world of DevOps and IT.
We recommend you start by reading the OnRamp Brochure.

OnRamp is designed for entry-level technology professionals who have completed foundational certifications such as CompTIA A+ and Cisco IT Essentials. No prior PowerShell experience is required, although some basic knowledge of server administration will be helpful. We offer several full-ride scholarships for the OnRamp program. The goal of these scholarships is to help bring new and diverse young professionals into the community and field.

OnRamp attendees join the main Summit event all day Monday for our keynotes and general sessions. They also join the main Summit event for breakfasts, lunches, and our two evening events. Aside from those times, they’re immersed in a carefully designs, hands-on class environment with several of our expert instructors.

OnRamp attendees may also choose to be paired with a “buddy,” an experienced PowerShell and DevOps professional who has attended Summit in the past. Our buddy pairings are designed to help OnRamp attendees better participate in our community and social events, and give them someone to bounce questions and ideas off of when they’re outside of class.

OnRamp attendees are required to bring their own laptop in order to participate in hands-on activities. This laptop simply needs to be able to run PowerShell, which means both Windows, Linux, and Mac machines are supported. You must install PowerShell (PowerShell Core) prior to arriving to class; Microsoft provides instructions for Windows and Linux/Mac. For Mac, Microsoft’s “Direct Download” method is easiest.

Attendees should also install Visual Studio Code, which is a free, cross-platform code editor.

Install/Setup assistance for PowerShell and VS Code cannot be provided by our on-site staff. Please visit the forums on PowerShell.org if you have questions or need assistance.

After registration and a few weeks before Summit, we’ll be in touch with all OnRamp attendees about the buddy program, on-site requirements, and more. We suggest registering using a personal email address (versus a corporate one) to help ensure those communications make it through. OnRamp attendees should also carefully watch our forums and our Twitter for updates prior to Summit.

Scholarship Information

Through fundraising and corporate sponsorships, The DevOps Collective, Inc. is pleased to offer a number of full-ride scholarships to the OnRamp Track at The PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit. Before considering the scholarship, please review the OnRamp Brochure.

Scholarship recipients receive the following:

  • Free admission to the OnRamp Track, including four breakfasts, four lunches, and two evening events.
  • Five nights lodging
  • US domestic airfare (coach)

Applicants are expected to bring laptops capable of running Visual Studio Code and PowerShell 7, which should include most modern Windows, Linux, and macOS computers. Applicants should have administrator rights on the laptop. We have a limited number of scholarships that can include a minimally equipped laptop. The goal of the scholarship is to help bring new people into our field and community, with a focus on people who are just beginning a career in IT. Our primary recipient criteria are: Individuals who are part of ethnic or gender groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in IT (half of our scholarship slots are reserved for members of these groups)

  • Individuals who have completed an entry-level IT training program (which can include a technical college) or who hold at least one entry-level certification (such as CompTIA A+)
  • Individuals who currently hold an entry-level IT job, are participating in an IT internship, or are actively applying for an entry-level IT job.
  • Individuals who fully intend to make IT their full-time professional career.

At this time, our scholarships are available to anyone. However, there are currently restrictions on airfare coverage for non-US applicants, who should be prepared to cover their own airfare to the event.

Community

While the main goal of the OnRamp Track is to bootstrap individuals into the tools and technologies of our trade, it has a secondary goal of connecting them with our community, and helping them build new and lifelong personal connections. To this end, OnRamp participants (whether attending on a scholarship or not) can opt-in to be paired with an experienced buddy at the event. This gives them someone to bounce technical questions off of, but also someone who can help introduce them to the community and help them begin building a personal network that will serve their entire IT career.

Applications

Applications Open on 1 December 2022, and are due on 1 February 2023.